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How drivers and pedestrians can contribute to safety

In 2016, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian deaths. This was an increase from 2015, meaning that a pedestrian died in a traffic accident roughly every 90 minutes that year. However, there are several steps that pedestrians in California can take to stay safe and that drivers can follow to keep roads safer for them.

Pedestrians should use sidewalks when they can, and when they cannot, they should walk facing traffic. They should remain alert, behave predictably and avoid getting distracted by devices. If crosswalks are available, they should be used although pedestrians should still look both ways for cars. They should always assume drivers do not see them. It's recommended that pedestrians use intersections if there are no crosswalks and an area where traffic can be clearly seen, or they should at least cross in an area that is well-lit if there is not an intersection. Pedestrians should make an effort to be visible, wearing bright colors and carrying a flashlight at night or wearing reflective clothing. They should also be aware of cars in driveways and parking lots and should avoid using drugs or alcohol.

Drivers should keep an eye out for pedestrians, particularly when it is dark or in inclement weather. They should slow at crosswalks, yield to pedestrians and never pass a car at a crosswalk. They should also follow all speed limits, look for pedestrians when reversing and avoid using drugs or alcohol.

Pedestrians may be seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents. If this happens and it is the fault of the drivers, the driver may owe the injured person compensation to cover expenses such as medical costs. However, the driver might be uninsured, or the insurance company might not offer enough money. The injured person might then want to file a lawsuit. There might be an out-of-court settlement, but if the case goes to trial, the person may receive compensation if the driver was negligent.

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